01 May 2012 – a last bash around durban

After breakfast, we packed up and booked out of the hotel. We made our way to another park in Umhlanga where we managed to find a couple of Painted Reed Frogs and spent some time photographing them. They weren’t always the most accommodating models and insisted on moving to places where we didn’t want them to be…:)

Painted Reed Frog

A disobedient model on Trevor’s flash

Margaret getting to know the frog a little more closely

We then decided to head across to the Bluff area to a site we had been given to look for Durban Dwarf Burrowing Skink. Finding the site was easy enough, but despite a lot of looking, the skinks were nowhere to be found. We had, however, been forewarned that the timing was all wrong for them, so it was not that much of a disappointment. We did however find a few butterflies, so all was not lost.

Blue Pansy

Seeing as we were in this area, we decided to spend a couple of hours at Bluff Nature Reserve. Luck was on our side and we were able to find a gorgeous Eastern Natal Green Snake which posed quite nicely for us. Walking along the forest paths didn’t add any further reptiles, but we did manage to find a few more butterflies and damselflies which, in itself, was enough of a distraction for us. The time flew and, before long, it was time to go and find something to eat before making our way back to the airport to begin the long journey back home to Cape Town after an incredible few days in Kwazulu Natal. We can’t wait to get back there again soon!!

Eastern Natal Green Snake

Trevor photographing the snake

Habitat at Bluff Nature Reserve

Common Bush Brown

Long-horned Skipper

Gaika Blue

Glistening Demoiselle

Common Citril

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~ by hardakerwildlife on June 3, 2012.

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